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What’s next?

Dear Editor:

I have always loved the Aspen Daily News’ catchy slogan, “If you don’t want it printed, don’t let it happen.” However, after discovering that Aspen Daily News writer and editor Troy Hooper struck a deal with the ethically challenged Aspen police officer, Valerie McFarlane – that he would not write any more unflattering stories that exposed her wanton disregard for professional ethics if she did not book him on a DUI charge (“Not only am I willing to give you the opportunity to walk away from that, I’ll give you a few of those opportunities, I really will.”) – I think that the Aspen Daily News should now change their slogan to “If you don’t want it printed, then strike a deal with one of our ethically challenged reporters or editors.”

Both Troy Hooper and Valerie McFarlane have committed grave breaches of the public’s trust. At least the Aspen Police Department has seen fit to do the right thing. I am interested in seeing what the Aspen Daily News will do and how this story will be reported.

Denise Malcolm


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